Donald Trump has expressed doubts as to whether Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide in prison and has doubled in wishing the pedophile's alleged pimp Ghislaine Maxwell all the best.
The president was asked at a recent White House press conference why he sent good wishes to Maxwell, who is accused of child trafficking.
"Well, her boyfriend died in prison and people are still trying to figure out how it happened. Was it suicide? Was he killed? And I wish her all the best. & # 39; Trump said Axios.
"I'm not looking for anything bad for her. I don't look bad for anyone. & # 39;
Trump tested his compassion and replied, "Yes, I would wish her all the best. I would wish you all the best, I would wish many people all the best. Good luck. Let them prove that someone was guilty. & # 39;
The president's relationship with Epstein and Maxwell was closely examined when they mingled in the same wealthy circles for decades. Trump once described the convicted pedophile as a “great guy”.
Donald Trump has sent a support message to Ghislaine Maxwell while she is waiting for her child sex trial. Introduced the President with First Lady Melania Trump, Epstein and Maxwell in Mar-a-Lago in 2000 (left) and Trump and Maxwell together at the Anand Jon Fashion Show in September 2000 in New York City (right).
Epstein was found hanging in his Manhattan prison cell in August last year while waiting for the child trafficking trial.
The 66-year-old's death has been classified as suicide, but his lawyers and some family members claim he was murdered to keep him from sharing what he knows about other high-profile, powerful people.
Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein
Shortly after his death last year, Emerson College found that 34% of the 1,458 registered voters believed Epstein had been murdered. 33% agreed with the official statement that he committed suicide; and 32% said they were unsure.
Trump's kind news to Maxwell comes after he said at a White House press conference on July 21 that he "met" the alleged woman "several times" in Palm Beach, Florida.
When asked if he believed that 58-year-old Maxwell would give up the names of powerful people, Trump replied saying he hadn't followed him too much, but wished her all the best.
"I only wish her all the best," he said.
"I have met them many times over the years, especially since I lived in Palm Beach and I think they have lived in Palm Beach."
Trump then reiterated his good wishes for Maxwell and said he knew nothing about the "situation" with Prince Andrew.
"But I wish her all the best," he said. "I don't know the situation with Prince Andrew. I don't know, I'm just not aware of it. & # 39;
One of Epstein's victims, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, claims she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew as a 17-year-old – the prince claims this is emphatic.
Epstein's sprawling waterfront property in Palm Beach, where many of its victims said they had been lured and sexually abused, is only 1.8 miles from Trump's Mar-a-Lago club, where the two men celebrated and accused Epstein will have procured victims
Trump, Melania, Epstein and Maxwell pose together in February 2000 at Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach (right) and Trump and Maxwell in 1997 at the Gucci Envy Perfume Launch Benefit for cancer patients in New York City (left).
Trump had known Epstein and Maxwell for decades and worked in the same elite social circles in Florida and New York in the 1980s and 1990s before the pedophile fell out of favor.
Epstein's sprawling waterfront property in Palm Beach, where many of its victims reported to have been attracted and sexually abused, is only 1.8 miles from Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club.
In 1992, according to Vanity Fair, the future president organized a "calendar girl" party with 28 women, with Epstein and he being the only men.
The two men were also seen on recent video footage that was celebrated this year in Buffalo Bills cheerleaders in Mar-a-Lago.
In the footage, Trump can be heard saying, "Look at her … she's hot."
In 1997 Trump also flew Epstein's plane from Palm Beach to Newark, New Jersey, with Maxwell also on board.
In 2002, Trump praised Epstein, who called him a "great guy" who likes women "on the younger side". In the picture Trump and Epstein 1997 in Mar-a-Lago (left) and 1992 at a party (right)
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Now famous photos taken in Mar-a-Lago show the President, who later posed in February 2000 with future first lady Melania Trump, Epstein and Maxwell.
Trump very much praised Epstein at the time and called him a "great guy" who likes women "on the younger side".
THE STATEMENTS AGAINST MAXWELL
- Conspiracy to convince minors to travel to engage in illegal sexual activity (maximum sentence 5 years)
- Seducing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sexual activity (20 years)
- Conspiracy to transport minors with the intention of engaging in criminal sexual activity (20 years)
- Promotion of a minor intending to engage in criminal sexual activity (minimum 10 years, maximum life)
- X 2 counts of perjury (x 10 years)
THE FACTS & # 39;
According to prosecutors, Maxwell cared for three girls for Epstein between 1994 and 1997.
They are not mentioned in the indictment, but are said to have targeted them in London, Florida, New York, and New Mexico.
Maxwell should make friends with the girls by asking them about their life and schooling. She would reassure them by taking them to the movies and shopping, and winning their trust to later deliver them to Epstein, they say.
To "normalize" the abuse that would come later, prosecutors say she undressed in front of the girls and asked them sexual questions.
It not only made it easier for Epstein, the prosecutors say, but also participated in the abuse.
The alleged sexual abuse includes "sexualized group massages".
The indictment also says that Maxwell "felt obliged" to the girl Epstein by encouraging her to take money from him and make him pay for her education and travel.
"It is a lot of fun to be with him," Trump said in an interview with Vanity Fair in 2002.
"It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are rather younger."
Trump and Epstein were reportedly out of a dispute over a property purchase around 2004.
Four years later, in 2018, Epstein pleaded guilty to prostitution advertising and prostitution advertising to a minor under the age of 18 and was sentenced to 18 months in prison.
The president has since tried to distance himself from Epstein and downplay his relationship with the pedophile.
A month before Epstein died in a New York prison cell in August last year, Trump said he was "not a fan."
& # 39; I had an argument with him. I haven't spoken to him in 15 years, «Trump said at a press conference in the White House.
"I wasn't a fan of his, I can tell you that."
Some of Epstein's victims have mentioned Trump and Mar-a-Lago in their reports of abuse-related events.
The president is mentioned in a civil lawsuit filed by an unnamed woman suing Epstein's estate.
The alleged Epstein victim claims that her perpetrator took her to Mar-a-Lago at the age of 14 and showed Trump.
She claims that Epstein bowed Trump "playfully" and said, "That's good, isn't it?"
There is no evidence that Trump knew she was a minor or involved in abuse.
Roberts Guiffre claims that Epstein used Mar-a-Lago to attract and recruit young girls for his sex trade operation.
She claims to have met the pedophile at the age of 15, who worked as a changing room attendant in Mar-a-Lago in 1999.
New surfaced footage from 2015 also shows Trump telling reporters to ask Prince Andrew about Jeffrey Epstein's "pedophile island."
In an interview with Bloomberg, Trump said: “This island was really a cesspool, no question about it.
“Just ask Prince Andrew, he'll tell you about it. The island was an absolute cesspool. & # 39;
Maxwell and Epstein in 2005. Maxwell, 58, was denied bail last Tuesday and was told that she must remain pending until her sex trafficking trial in the summer of 2021
Liaison between the pedophile and the president increased last month when Attorney General Barr said Trump ordered him to fire Geoffrey S. Berman, United States attorney for the southern district of New York.
Berman's office accused Epstein of child trafficking last year.
Maxwell was denied bail last month and was told that she must remain pending until her sex trafficking trial in the summer of 2021.
She is now being held in a Brooklyn prison after not pleading guilty to trafficking minors for Epstein.
Maxwell had been low since Epstein's death last year, but was arrested earlier this month when the authorities found her luxury home in New Hampshire, where prosecutors said she was hiding.
She was romantically associated with the pedophile from around 1992, but then became his "right-wing wife", who administered his property empire and allegedly his trade with minors.
Maxwell is currently detained at the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center, where she was given paper clothing to prevent suicide.
Maxwell is currently detained at the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center and is awaiting trial
President Donald Trump's dodgy history of supporting suspected crooks and convicted criminals
Roger Stone (convicted)
The former strategist, 67, was convicted of seven crimes in November 2018.
His beliefs included five cases of false statements to the FBI and Congress investigators, one case of witness manipulation, and one case of judicial disability.
In a statement four months later, White House spokesman Kayleigh McEnany said President Donald Trump had "signed an Executive Grant of Clemency that converts the unjust verdict of Roger Stone Jr. … Roger Stone is now a free man!"
Commutation did not delete Stone's criminal convictions in the same way as a pardon, but did protect him from serving prison terms.
Trump said: "I think Roger Stone has been treated very unfairly, as have many people."
Stone was followed by Robert Mueller as an offshoot of the Russia probe.
Roger Stone shows a victory gesture on February 1, 2019
Michael Flynn (found guilty)
In December 2017, the 60-year-old former national security advisor pleaded guilty of knowingly and knowingly making false statements to the FBI.
By April of this year, President Donald Trump said he would consider getting Flynn back to work in the White House.
"I would definitely consider it," he said at an event in the East Room when asked if he would hire Flynn again.
"He'll be completely relieved in one way or another and able to come back," Trump noted.
His case was underpinned by newly unsealed FBI documents that indicate that during an interview with the Trump adjutant about his contact with the Russian ambassador in 2017, FBI officials discussed whether Flynn should be "lied so that we could be prosecuted." or can lay off ".
The president released Flynn in February 2017 – a month after taking office – and initially said he fired Flynn because he lied to Vice President Mike Pence and later because he lied to the FBI.
Michael Flynn was released a month after President Trump's term in office
Rod Blagojevich (sentenced)
Donald Trump used his power as president in February to transform the judgment of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich.
Blagojevich, 63, was imprisoned for 14 years for requesting bribes
Blagojevich, 63, was imprisoned for 14 years for requesting bribes, including Senate seat bribes that Barack Obama once held, and for trying to shake off a children's hospital.
"Yes, we changed the sentence, he spent a long eight years in prison," Trump told reporters during a question and answer session at Blagojevich's Joint Base Andrews before setting off on a four-day trip to the west coast.
"I don't know him very well, I might have met him a few times," added Trump. “He was at The Apprentice for a short time years ago. Seems like a nice person, doesn't know him, but he was in prison for eight years, it was a long time that he had to go, many people disagree with the punishments. He is a democrat, he is not a Republican. "
He added: “He will be able to return home with his family after eight years in prison. In my opinion, that was an incredibly powerful, ridiculous sentence. And in the opinion of many others. "
The transformation means that Blagojevich is released from prison, but his conviction has not been removed from his file. The Republicans had asked the president not to apologize to the former governor and had pointed out his corruption record.
In 2009, Blagojevich appeared on NBC's "The Apprentice", the reality TV show that was then moderated by Trump.
Paul Monafort (sentenced)
Donald Trump supported his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, 71, despite a Virginia jury considering his fate over tax and fraud allegations.
With a jury on the second day of the discussion, Trump described Manafort as "very good people" and his process as "very sad".
But he wouldn't talk about a possible pardon for Manafort, who refused to work with prosecutors to get a possibly reduced sentence. "I'm not talking about that," he said.
When asked about Manafort when he started a fundraiser in Hamptons, Trump said to reporters in August 2018: "I think the whole Manafort process is very sad when you look at what's going on there."
On August 21, the fourth day of their deliberations, the Manafort jury was found guilty of eight of the 18 crimes, including five cases in which false tax returns were filed, two cases of bank fraud and one case in which a foreign bank account was not disclosed .
Judge Ellis declared a mistrial on the remaining 10 charges.
Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort in June 2019
Michael Cohen (sentenced)
The disbarred lawyer and convicted criminal, 53, pleaded guilty to, among other things, funding crimes and lying to Congress.
Cohen's campaign funding fees related to his efforts to arrange payouts during the 2016 presidential competition to prevent porn actress Stormy Daniels and model Karen McDougal from filing extramarital claims with Trump.
Trump has denied the affairs.
In April 2018, Trump accused the New York Times "of having done everything to destroy Michael Cohen and his relationship with me in the hope that he would" turn around ".
He called Cohen "a good person with a wonderful family" who is a "businessman for his own account / lawyer that I always liked and respected".
On June 15, 2018, White House reporters asked Trump if Cohen was still his friend and lawyer. He said: "I always liked Michael Cohen … No, he is no longer my lawyer. But I always liked Michael and he is a good person."
53-year-old Michael Cohen pleaded guilty
Joe Arpaio (pardoned)
President Donald Trump apologized to former law enforcement officers and politician 88 on August 25, 2017 for contempt of the court for a criminal offense.
He had been convicted of a crime two months earlier for violating a federal judge's order to stop racial profiling to "arrest people suspected of being illegally in the United States."
Trump welcomed Arpaio as a "patriot". He added, "Sheriff Joe is a patriot. Sheriff Joe loves our country. Sheriff Joe protected our borders.
And Sheriff Joe was treated very unfairly by the Obama administration, especially just before an election, an election he would have won. And he was elected many times. So I stand by my pardon for Sheriff Joe, and I think the people in Arizona who really know him best would agree, ”Trump said.
After Trump's pardon, many critics also argued that he was excused for serious violations – violations of people's constitutional rights by ignoring a federal judge's order. But Trump argued that Arpaio's past service to the nation was relevant.
Arpaio had yet to be convicted and had made no remorse for the crimes for which he had been convicted. He often fought and supported Trump in 2016.
President Donald Trump apologized former law enforcement officer and politician Joe Arpaio (88) on August 25, 2017, for a contempt of the court for a criminal offense. Pictured together in 2016
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